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The East has got sounds

Monarchs at the South-east edition of the Federal Government's Town Hall Meeting.

Alan-B Onyemaechi, veteran broadcaster and Owerri city socialite, is on to something. His company OCBB Entertainment Co, is set for a music revival of the oldies, the great bands which came on stream with the end of the civil war in the 1970s, and gripped the Nigerian and West African music scenes with their memorable sounds.

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Vcast ballots in the presidential election at a polling center in Miami, Florida on November 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO

America, their America

On Tuesday 8 November, I went to vote at the voting center by the country club near my house, in the city of Orlando, Florida. Thereafter, I drove to my office to hold “office hours.” It was an ordinary day. Normal. The US elections are very calm affairs. But beneath the surface of calm, a most dramatic event was shaping. The grounds were shifting beneath us in what would soon become an earthquake.

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Demonstrators from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group wave flags and hold a sign reading "Freedom for Biafra" during a protest calling for the release of pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu, on September 23, 2016, in the Abidjan suburb of Treichville. 
Near one hundred Biafran Nigerians protested on September 23 in Abidjan, calling for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, according to an AFP .

Biafra this, Biafra that

Dr. Charles Soludo, Professor of the Economic Sciences, former Economic Adviser to the President of the federation, and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, very recently said at a book launch on the subject of Biafra that ignoring the new Biafra secessionist movement will be a mistake by the Buhari administration. I couldn’t agree more. Soludo just amplifies the position which this column has consistently taken in the past, and which I wish to reaffirm today. The Biafra movement is a slow-burning fire at the moment.

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President Buhari

Buhari and the judges: Anti-corruption or fascism?

In one interview which dwelt on the subject of the 1985 overthrow of the military government he led, orchestrated by members of the inner circle of that government, Muhamadu Buhari claimed that some of the actions undertaken in his name, like the invasion of the home of the politician Mr. Obafemi Awolowo in Apapa in 1984, were carried out without his knowledge or authorization. Some of those actions undermined his government and lost him significant political capital among the Nigerian population.

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blacklives

Black Lives Matter

A terrible and aggravating scene once again played out this past week in Tulsa, Oklahoma where another black man, Terrence Crutcher, was shot and killed by a white police officer, Betty Shelby. The unfolding events leading to the killing of Terence Crutcher captured live by webcam and police helicopter videos showed an unarmed black man with his hands raised walking away with slow unsure steps from the police woman who had pulled and pointed her gun at him.

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•  Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu  addressing a group of Abia people on a solidarity visit to Government House, Umuahia, yesterday.

Umuahia: As The Phoenix Rises

Last weekend in Dearborn, Michigan, old students of the Government College Umuahia – “Umuahians” – as they’re called, under the banner of the GCUOBA-USA, met at their annual convention at the Henry Autograph Collection Hotel in Dearborn. I had flown in an early morning flight from Orlando, Florida.

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A Zamfara community burnt down by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen

The Zamfara killings

A man named his dog “Buhari” and he was quickly arrested, brutalized at the police station, and promptly brought to court, according to the police for constituting public nuisance capable of causing a breakdown in law and order. It was a strange charge, and there was public uproar about the abridgment of the rights of a private citizen, doing the most private of things: naming his personal pet. But the indelicacy of the situation has more to do with the act of naming judged subversive.

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Odinala: The sacred religion of the Igbo

This week, dear readers of the “Orbit,” I will like to share with you, something else beyond the roaring political issue of our day. I will like to examine an abiding question of the religion and identity of one of Africa’s most vital cultures – the Igbo – many of whom are actually suffering from a profound level of identity crisis that numbs them from what Azikiwe called “Spiritual balance”: a cardinal condition for self-reflection and self-healing. I was born into a very Christian family and baptized, no more than eight weeks old into the Catholic Church. In fact, for his services to the church, my maternal grandfather was inducted into the knighthood of the church and received a papal medal from Pope John Paul 1.

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Economy

The economic imperative of the eastern corridor

If any lesson must be learned, and any good come from the current political and economic isolation of the Eastern parts of Nigeria, by the current APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari, it must be that ultimately, the states of the former Eastern region have more common grounds for political and economic action in the common interest of its people. The East of Nigeria does exist as a geographical reality. The contiguity of its various parts make it one of the most exciting areas for economic integration through strategic infrastructural linkages.

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